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v. stared, star·ing, stares
To look directly, fixedly, or vacantly, often with a wide-eyed gaze. See Synonyms at gaze.
To look at directly and fixedly: stared him in the eyes.
An intent gaze.
1. To stare at (a person or animal) until that person or animal blinks or turns away.
2. To confront boldly or overcome by direct action: stared down his opponents.
stare in the face
1. To be plainly visible or obvious to (one); force itself on (one's) attention: The money on the table was staring her in the face.
2. To be obvious to (one) though initially overlooked: The explanation had been staring him in the face all along.
3. To be imminent or unavoidable to (one): Bankruptcy now stares us in the face.
4. To be about to experience or undergo (something dire): We are staring bankruptcy in the face.
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- Dug his blue eyes into me, like nails —Jay Parini
- (I’ve been feeling your) eyes boring into me like a pair of yellow jackets. She had a curiously intense stare, like a greedy child waiting for sweets —Beryl Bainbridge
- Stared at each other quietly, like enemies —Robert Campbell
- Stared at him, holding him, like the high point on a compass —Richard Ford
- Stared at [a question] keenly as if it were a fly that he was waiting to swat when it came round again —V.S. Pritchett
See Also: SCRUTINY
- Stared at me like blocks of wood —Donald Justice
- Stared blankly at me like a dead fish —Joe Coomer
- (Had no expression in his gray eyes. He) stared like a cat at an empty window —Bill Granger
- Stared … with the intensity of a man having a private audience with an angel —James Morrow
- Stares at me like I’m dirt he intends to one day wipe off his shoes —Robert Campbell
See Also: CONTEMPT
- Stares at my idea like a crystal vase suspended in his mind’s rare ether —Richard Ford
- (Powell’s) stare seemed to pinch her like a pair of tongs —Flannery O’Connor
- (Stood there) staring at him like a stunned ox —Oakley Hall
- Staring at me with a studied air, as though measuring me —Kent Nelson
- Staring into his face like a devotee before an idol —Elizabeth Spencer
- Staring like rustics at a fair —Henry James
- A way … of staring at the wall or at the window like a detective at a murder scene, desperate for clues —Clive Barker
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